|20 Dec 2013||Initiation|
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On February 6, 2014, the Costa Rican Ministry of Economy, Industry and Commerce decided to initiate a safeguard investigation on milled rice (Resolution No. 01-2014, 06.02.2014). The investigation started on the day of the publication of the resolution in the Costa Rican Official Journal, i.e. on February 11, 2014.
The product subject to investigation is classified under the following HS codes: 1006.309091 and 1006.309099.
The complaint was lodged on December 20, 2013 by the National Association of the Rice Industry (Asociación Nacional de Industriales del Sector Arrocero - ANINSA) on behalf of the companies Cooperativa de Productores Independientes de Liberia R.L. and Corporación Arrocera Costa Rica S.A.
On August 8, 2014, the Costa Rican authorities issued their preliminary decision (Resolution No. DM-038-2014, 08.08.2014).
They came to the conclusion that there exist no clear proofs of a causal link between increased imports and the difficulties of the domestic industry. Hence, no provisional safeguard duty was imposed.
On January 5, 2015, the Costa Rican authorities decided to impose a definitive safeguard duty on imports of milled rice (Resolution No. DM-001-2015, 05.01.2015).
The rate of the duty is 24.88% during the first year, 18.66% during the second year, 12.44% during the third year and 6.22% during the fourth year. This measure entered into force on February 19, 2015.
According to the UN Comtrade Database, in 2013 the following countries exported goods classified under HS code subheading 1006.30 to Costa Rica with a trade value over the GTA threshold of USD 1 million: Nicaragua, Argentina, the United States of America, Uruguay and El Salvador.
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